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Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

£650.00 | 28th October 2017 - 4th November 2017
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings. Read More >
In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Dining Kitchen

  • Shower room

  • Utility room

  • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna

  • Private garden with patio and barbeque

  • WiFi

  • Electric Dimplex heating

 
...Our guests said...
"..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."
 
"..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".
 
About Towie Barclay Castle
Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.
 
About the area
In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.
 
Things to do

  • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.

  • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.

 
Getting there
The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.
 
Public transport accessible. Short breaks are not available at this property, it is restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday). Please note that the entry time to this property is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. < Hide

Crovie Cottage, Crovie

£490.00 | 28th October 2017 - 4th November 2017
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This cosy, restored traditional fishing cottage dates from a time when the sea was the only mode of transport to and from Scotland's shores, and provided the livelihood for coastal communities. Perched on Crovie's unusual seashore rocky shelf the sitting room windows look out to the bay, enclosed north and south by magnificent cliffs. Read More >
17th century wood panelling and an open fire complete Crovie Cottage's old sea dog charm. In the summertime, take to the private garden and make use of the cottage's barbeque.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 single, 1 box bed in sitting room

  • Sitting/dining room with sea view and open fire

  • Shower room

  • Kitchen

  • Private garden with patio and barbeque

  • WiFi

  • Fitted electric Dimplex heating

 
...Our guests said...
"...more and more reluctant to venture away from Crovie, preferring to sit in front of the cottage and watch the changing seascape and tides, the coming & going of fishing boats, and the glorious sunsets".
 
About the area
Crovie is a unique place, a conservation village created on a seashore ledge so narrow it has only enough room for the cottages built on it and a small footpath. The cliffs that stretch above it form the east side of Gamrie Bay; on the other side of the village is the sea.
 
Crovie comprises around 50 fishing cottages, most of which date back 150 years or more, and is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe. A pebble beach to the west end of the winding path leads to the next village, Gardenstown, one mile away. Look out for bottlenosed dolphins along the way.
 
Things to do

  • Sample Cullen Skink in the town it hails from. The traditional smoked haddock soup is a hearty winter warmer. Cullen village is just over 20 miles away.

  • Tee off in one of the area's 50 nearby golf courses, and re-charge your batteries afterwards in Gardenstown's 18th century inn.

  • See how the other half lived at Fyvie Castle, just over 25 miles away. Sculpted turrets and fine tapestries give the castle a fairytale feel and it is steeped in local legends and myths.

 
Getting there
From Banff head through Macduff on A98 towards Fraserburgh. 0.50 mile after Macduff take B9031 left turn Gardenstown. 8 miles later take Crovie turn to left.
 
This cottage is privately owned. Please note that bookings are restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday), short breaks are not available at this property. The entry time to the cottage is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. Parking is available for residents and their guests at the north-west end of the village. Parking in high season can require skill and patience. If the lower car park alongside the village is full, there is additional parking on the road to the village - luggage can be off-loaded at the bottom and taken by wheelbarrow (stored in the back garden). < Hide

East Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£500.00 | 28th October 2017 - 4th November 2017
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This single-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
Built originally to house some of the gardeners and estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a cosy retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
Accommodation details

  • Single storey

  • Sleeps 5 - 2 double and 1 single bedroom

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Dining kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Full central heating

  • Enclosed private garden

  • Parking available adjacent to the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E47


 
About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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